The word ‘orthokeratology’ comes from the Greek word meaning “the science of correcting the cornea.” Most doctors refer to this as Ortho-K which is the surgical reshaping of the cornea to achieve natural vision without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day.
The world of eye care is one of the fastest evolving fields of medicine today. Never before have so many new techniques and scientific breakthroughs been brought before the public in such a short period of time. Ortho-K is one of those major breakthroughs.
Imagine the joy of waking up in the morning and not having to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. It would allow you to participate in activities that you might otherwise avoid because of your need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Now it’s a possibility. Patients who choose Ortho-K wear special therapeutic contact lenses while they sleep and awake in the morning with improved natural vision. Usually within a few days to one week, dramatic vision improvement occurs. The patient then wears the retainer contact lenses periodically, much like dental retainers.
Ortho-K’s popularity as a non surgical alternative to refractive surgery is sweeping the country. Orthokeratology has been in practice for over forty years and has an excellent track record as a safe and effective method of improving myopia (near-sightedness), presbyopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia (far-sightedness). New lens designs and computerized corneal topography analysis has greatly improved the results of Ortho-K as well. Doctors can also prescribe Ortho-K in children to correct myopia progression in most children, whereas refractive surgery is disallowed until 18-21 years of age. If patients desire to do so, the non-surgical correction from Ortho-K is reversible, whereas LASIK permanently removes tissue from the cornea and cannot be reversed.
Please feel free to contact our office and schedule a free consultation on Ortho-K with Dr. Yoos who holds a fellowship degree in orthokeratology. Also, please check out the link to the Orthokeratology Academy of America on our website for more information.